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of lightning striking st. peters, the same day the pope announced he will step down. benedict is set for a new name, a new home and a new role. after his unprecedented move. dan harris is live in st. peters square this morning with all of that. dan, good morning to you. >> reporter: elizabeth, good morning to you. here's how the local papers are playing this huge story. this one says, in italian, pope shock. and here's a headline we can all understand in any language, amen. as catholics all over the world absorb this truly stunning news, today, we're starting to get a sense of what may have provoked the pope to make this announcement now. this morning, an italian news agency says the pope had a top-secret operation to replace his pacemark ker at this hospit in rome three months ago. the vatican won't confirm the news. but the paper says the operation went, quote, well. the pope's older brother held a news conference the day the decision was well thought out and nobody pushed his brother out. meanwhile, benedict's surprise decision has provoked vatican intrigue, worthy of a dan brown novel. joc
time pope benedict xvi has had a pace maker for years. this came one day after the pope announced he was resigning. he cited his age and fatigue is the reasons he is stepping down. even his closest associates had no idea he was planning on stepping down. the church hopes to have a new pope in place in time for easter. the number of catholics is declining in europe and there is a projected boom in asia and latin america. and a new pope could come from a country far away from europe. >> up until this point popes have always been european but the college of cardinals is becoming much more global. >> cardinals from nigeria and canada. they are all on the short list. there is one considered to become the next pope. >>> the arch diocese recently barred him from public duties for not doing more to stop sexual abuse by priests when he led the archdiocese. he looks forward to traveling to rome to elect the next pope. you will find more on the pope's decision to step down and you will find the process of choosing the next pope on www.ktvu.com. >>> i am looking at the toll plaza and we can all
this morning, pope benedict xvi made his first public appearance since announcing he's resigning as head of the catholic church. [ cheers ] >> now, the pope received a standing ovation as he entered a packed capitol celebrate ash wednesday at the vatican. he told the congregation he's stepping down for the good of the church. he cited his frail health. ash wednesday marks the beginning of lent. the catholic church plans to have a new hope in place by easter, the end of lent. >>> well, back here at home, san francisco is selling the naming rights to port properties. it's a fund-raising pitch to help pay for the yacht race. they may be able to sponsor some of the san francisco port properties in order to cover their costs. the city, by the way, is on the hook for as much as $32 million. >>> 7:38. the bay bridge toll authority could approve funding today for a big celebration for the opening of the new eastern span of the new bay bridge. the plan calls for a one-way bridge walk on labor day weekend. there's also talk of a half marathon, fireworks and even a concert. the party would cost $5.
benedict had secret surgery three months ago to replace a battery in a pacemaker. the pope plans to resign at the end of february and the vatican says that decision is not due to any specific illness. but an italian newspaper quotes advisors saying that after the recent surgery the pope refrequented whether he could continue. the cardinals have in several centuries picked a european priest. but now they are from all around the world including cardinals from canada, began in a and other worldwide countries. >>> chuck hagel's nomination is being voted on today. the former senator from nebraska has been criticized by members of his own republican part for comments on israel and iran. if the committee approved hagel, his nomination would get a full senate vote or would need it. so how long has it been since you connected your credit report a while for me. >> i did mine a couple of weeks ago and found a mistake. something you might want to do to make sure your report is right. the federal trade commission says about 25% of consumers have an error
is acknowledging that pope benedict had secret surgery three months ago to replace a battery in his pacemaker. he plans to resign at the end of february. the vatican says that decision is not due to any specific illness but an italian news quotes advisors saying after the recent surgery the potpourri flicted on whether he could continue to lead the roman catholic church. today a vatican spokesman says the pope will have no role in choosing has successor. cardinals have always at least in the last several centuries picked a european priest. but this time, those considered top contenders are from around the world, including canada, ghana and nigeria. other than, more than half of the cardinals who will vote are from europe. so we'll see what happens. >>> 6:07. let's check traffic and weather. >> all about sunshine. a little patchy fog out there this morning but a lot of sunshine coming our way and looks like warmer temperatures are ahead and some of the numbers in the upper socks and maybe even 70s in the latter part of the week, upper socks and maybe eve
more now about what retirement will be like for pope benedict. the soon-to-be retiree will live in a monastery and will likely give up his beloved theological writing because of his frail health. a spokesman revealed benedict has a pacemaker and recently underwent surgery. >> over the past few years, he's certainly slowed down a bit. you can tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. not huge things. but a number of smaller ones, which take their toll. >> and still left for the vatican to decide is what exactly the ex-pope will be called. we haven't had an ex-pope in six centuries. >> we have no idea what to do with him. we don't know where to put him. >> it's rare territory for the catholic church. >>> moving on to your wednesday weather. rain and mountain snow in the northwest. snow showers around fargo and the twin cities. morning rain from new orleans to the carolinas and d.c. rain changing over from snow from philly to new york. >> forts from boston to baltimore. 50s from atlanta to dallas and 50s in the pacific northwest. >>> we kn
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